Double line spirograph art on gelli prints and testing new pens

Now that I know a little bit more of how the wild gears are functioning I was on search for other pens.
Some of the gears got quite big holes. I have the whole palette of Stabilo 88 which make a 0.4 mm line. But why not combine two different thicknesses. I got some Stabilo 68 pens. They draw a 1 mm line. It is great that both thicknesses got exactly the same colors. And I found some 1 mm gel pens by Faber Castell which are great for dark papers, too.

I grabbed some gelli prints I found boring and here we go turning the wheel…
I used the thick pen in the big hole, then added the little ring and draw a thin line. This gives the cool parallel lines.
With the blue one I was just too excited about the metallic gel pen, that I slipped a couple of times. This is covered with some pretty spirals and done.
The beautiful regular lines are giving a nice contrast to the blurry printed papers made with embossed ornaments.
These are still trials, but I have the feeling I get more control over the gears with time.

Now the papers got an exciting addition, but I still don’t know how to use them 🙂

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Spring flower doodles drawn by my cutting machine

Maybe it’s just me, but I find it smells a tiny little bit like spring already.

At least I felt for doodling flowers yesterday on my Wacom into my Mac and then again out of the Mac on paper with my Cameo cutting machine.
I could have done this directly with pen on paper. Ok, but having them as a file I can have them drawn over and over again on different paper with different colors and versions.

I cut a matching stencil for easy application of more color. This is quickly done with Rangers Mini Ink Blending Tool and Distressed Ink pads.
Then I did a test run on a striped misprint, added some hand drawing on the flowers and wow… now I like the page so much, that I don’t want to cut it in pieces for tags or cards anymore.

But how handy, I just can make more of them and the machine already started her well known singing sounds while moving the pen ….

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A box full of wild gears…

It was my christmas wish and they are only to be ordered in USA from the designer himself.
We ordered them early, but the fantastic german post had my package forgotten in a corner for more than 3 weeks in Frankfurt.
Thanks to the USPS tracking system you can see every move of your package, but it can also make you completely crazy when there is NO movement, especially when you are lying there suffering from a heavy flu during and after the holidays…sigh.
Then weeks later somebody must have found it and put it into the right direction, so at last I could get the package from the local tax office paying 2.7 % tax, the huge amount of Euro 4,32…what a stupid effort to collect such a little amount, but well…

Anyway unpacking was such fun, to peel off the brown cover and get the thick clear acrylic gears.
Those who read more here might know what it is.
I am a big fan of the old spirograph drawing set from my childhood.
This is a grown up set designed by Aaron Bleackley, it is called Wild Gears and was a successful kickstarter project.

My love was generous enough to buy 2 big sets for me and after playing some days I LOVE them.
At the bottom you can see my first experiments with non-symmetrical shapes. These are a challenge and I love challenges.

Have fun to see me unpack and try them!
More will follow.

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Gift tags and stickers from Ikea gift wrapping paper

I just couldn’t walk by that beautiful paper when we were at IKEA lately.
I thought these lovely animal illustrations are perfect to be cut into matching tags and stickers.

This is so easy with the Silhouette Cameo and the PixScan mat.
You can do it with any kind of gift paper also with used one.

Have fun!

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First you roughly cut the motifs you like and fix them on double sided adhesive sheets. I used those from Silhouette and they are working great as expected. Just take care, that the “full sandwich” will not be too thick.

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Then you make a pic with your smart phone, tablet or scanner. It should be as bright and as straight as possible.
I tried to fool Silhouette Studio with making the pic upside down. You can see the arrow on the mat pointing down.

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Then you fire up SilhouetteStudio, click pixscan (the 3rd icon top left) and import your picture.
SilhouetteStudio is not to be fooled 🙂 It turned the pic perfectly all by itself!!! Very cool.

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Now you create your cut lines by tracing or by drawing them by hand. Please save the file so you can use the outlines for the motifs later for your next pic or scan just by copying it into the new file/work space.
Take care, that your cut lines are set to “cut” in the cutting menu.

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I had huge problem to have the registration marks read so after some research I knew you have to keep a distance to the left mark on the machine (see arrow) when you feed in the mat.
Maybe this is just a bug and will be resolved once.

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Now you can check your cut settings and send to Silhouette to start cutting.
I used much too thick card stock and had to repeat the cut several times, but in the end I had beautiful stiff animal cards, precious enough to be used over and over again.

For the stickers you put the motifs fixed on the double sided adhesive on the pixScan mat and adjust your cut settings to sticker paper. I will use mine for solid color gift packages later.

Good luck with your own projects!

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